I’m very well acquainted with the second course at Gog Magog as I was a member here for a number of years and have played the Wandlebury (and the Old) in numerous competitions and friendlies down the years. It’s true that you can see the join between Fred W’s old holes and son Martin’s newer holes, largely located on the western side of the property.
I don’t especially like the uphill short par five opener, but it’s a gentle handshake that offers a birdie opportunity and you can catch your breath when you reach the top of the hill at the 2nd. You reach the rarely open halfway hut at the par five 4th and begin the tumble downhill. I like the drop par three 5th to a narrow and well-bunkered offset green. The SI1 7th is not long on the card, but this uphill dogleg right plays into the wind and the green is deceptively hard to reach in regulation.
#9 plays back uphill to the still closed halfway hut and #10 plays downhill parallel to #9 in an uphill downhill uninspiring reverse. The dogleg left 11th is a good par four that plays to a sunken greensite that is ringed with bunkers. I also like the short par four 13th with a nice green complex benched into the hillside and #14 is a pretty short par three – it’s the last of the new western holes.
You play the next few holes on the plateau before toppling back down at the long par four closer, which looks almost as lengthy as the parallel uphill par five opener.
Both courses at Gog Magog are rather uphill and downhill but both are solid. Although having some similarities both are also noticeably different. I prefer the Old course as the routing is coherent and there’s more quirk on offer, but the Wandlebury is a nice course. If it were to stand alone it would probably be more highly regarded.
Date: October 21, 2019